A Community Built by Strangers: Service Learning with Ukrainian Refugees in Kraków

Author: Gráinne McEvoy

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Christian McKernan and Marko Gural addressing students and their families at the launch of the University Ignatianum in Kraków's Education Hub.

Marko Gural ’25 is a political science major with a minor in European studies. Christian McKernan ’23 is a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business with minors in European studies and constitutional studies. In early summer 2022, motivated by a desire to help refugees from the war in Ukraine, they undertook service learning, with the support of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, at the Office for Refugee Support at University Ignatianum in Kraków and at a refugee center operated by Centrum Wielokulturowe w Krakowie.

Marko and Christian are both proud Ukrainian Americans and members of the Ukrainian Society of Notre Dame. Read more in the story below about their experience volunteering in Poland last summer.

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Any students interested in service learning and grant opportunities supported by the Nanovic Institute should note upcoming application deadlines. In particular, the deadline to register for Nanovic’s flagship service learning program, Serving (In) Europe, is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15.

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A Community Built by Strangers